This is my story that I wrote months ago when stating my cause for the addition of SPD in the DSM-5.

by S.
(Oklahoma)

I am a 19 year old with Sensory Processing Disorder. My condition was recognized when I was young. My mother went to an online forum about picky eaters. She described how I was and that I didn't seem obstinate about eating certain foods; I was very apologetic. It was almost like I couldn't even put the food in my mouth. A woman replied to her that I'm not a picky eater but I had this condition (then labeled as Sensory integration dysfunction), and she referred my mother to a doctor in Kentucky who was doing research. My mother and he sent emails to each other, and he agreed that I have it.


At age 15, it was clear to me that I had this disorder. I am both hypersensitive and hyposensitive, making life difficult. I have always had trouble performing physical tasks in school, even if I understand directions. I still do not have my driver's license. Although I am very cautious, driving has overwhelmed me, and the local driving instructor obviously can't identify that I experienced major anxiety every time I took the test and especially can't identify that I have a motor impairment. I have not gone back since he flat out said that I was a “dangerous driver,” and I sobbed in my car after he got out and walked away. Online symptom checklists describe exactly how I am now and how I was during my early childhood.

I live in a small town in Oklahoma. Barely anyone around here has heard of Sensory Processing Disorder, and even fewer can understand what I go through. My mother is a psych nurse, so I'm very fortunate that I have someone close to me that can have a better understanding. I am currently in college and majoring in psychology. My Intro to Psychology instructor, Kimberly Hughes, is one of the few people who have encouraged me. She has a lot of background in psychology, so I hope that many other experienced professionals firmly believe in my condition. I truly suffer from low self-esteem and other social/emotional issues.

I've heard stories about young children, other teens, and even college professors who know they suffer from this condition. Sensory Processing Disorder needs to be included in DSM-5.

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Nov 13, 2012
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Driving with nerves
by: Anonymous

Hi I know the feeling of driving with extreme anxiety.My mom forced me to go for driving lessons when I was 19 & I got the licence.I was fine until I crashed into the garden wall & gate about a month after passing.I pressed the accelerator instead of the brake as I had a passenger & she was telling me what to do.After that I never drove for almost 15 years.If my husband made me drive it was always nerve wracking thing.I got diarrhea before I drove & got really stupid when someone else was behind me sweating & having panic attacks.I ended up buying scooter & it was the best thing I did....it was automatic.Nothing to mix me up while driving.I did fail the test 4 times but was determined to have freedom from asking for lifts.

I now live in Canada & I have an automatic car & I have no nerves because I dont have to worry about getting my co ordination mixed up.
This is just one of the things that have plagued me & Im grateful to knock this big one off my "cant face it" list.

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